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Blog Archive for editor during April 2006

Flip the calandar, notice JavaOne, don't panic! This is the last week of April, and if you've pencilled in a trip to JavaOne 2006, then when you flip over to May, you'll see that you have two weeks to go. Surely this is no surprise to everyone exhibiting at the show, who are presumably in a crunch time that's only going to get crunchier as May 16th approaches. We're continuing to make plans...
The international search for bugs Briefly noted in the results of the Mustang Regression Challenge, which sought out the best regression bug reports for Mustang (Java SE 6), is the international nature of the particpation. The results page lists the top five submissions, as chosen by JDK senior staffers, along with another five honorable mentions. Take a look at the sources of the...
Desktop Java's impression Checking back in with the latest java.net Poll, the question What's holding back Java on the desktop has generated far more commentary than any recent poll. What's interesting is that while "deployment issues" is only slightly ahead of "performance issues", there are a large number of posts that detail the difficulties of Java's deployment story -- getting a JRE to...
Note the lack of drama Daniel IM'ed me last night while I was trying to write a podcast to ask if I was planning on doing something special with the site given the big news of turnover atop Sun's management. My instant response: we're not a Sun site. Sure, it's a big deal to everyone at Sun, which supports the site and has put many of their prominent projects here (the JDK itself, GlassFish,...
A double dose of Brazilian Java Seriously, I didn't set out to do a "stuff from Brazil" theme in the Projects and Communities section today. Roger Brinkley had noted the new project for a Brazilian Portugese localization of the JDK as a possible front page item, and while I was digging for other items for the page, I came across the contest results on the NetBeans.org page and liked the...
So why not own the desktop too? I was listening to the Java Posse podcast last night while trying to get Keagan to bed -- he jumps on the bed for an hour, I listen to podcasts... it's a living -- and they had a discussion on the topic of "what's it going to take for Java desktop applications to really take off?" It's interesting that one of the things to kick off this discussion was a java....
More on real-time Java slot cars Last week, we had an Also in Java Today item about programming in real-time Java, specifically the JavaOne Slot Car Programming Challenge. If you couldn't imagine it in your mind, it helps to have pictures of just what your code is up against. James Gosling provides just that kind of perspective in his blog Fun in real time, in which he shows Greg Bollella...
Apple finally flips the switch on J2SE 5.0 Well, this has been a long time coming, the end of 1.4-by-default on the Mac: [chrisg5:~] cadamson% java -versionjava version "1.5.0_06"Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_06-112)Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_06-64, mixed mode, sharing) Not that we haven't had access to J2SE 5.0 on the Mac -- Apple...
Hassle-free LDAP lookups Today's feature article makes an interesting comparison between JNDI as a means of looking up LDAP information, and JDBC as a means of getting data from a database, noting some common and unpleasant traits: "They require extensive plumbing code, even to perform the simplest of tasks. All resources need to be correctly closed, no matter what happens. Exception...
Clearing the junk from the programming mind One of our guidelines to bloggers is to "write on topics of interest to Java developers." That's Daniel's phrasing, and it's excellent because it clears out the truly irrelevant (you don't come to java.net for Miyazaki movie reviews any more than you'd go to nausicaa.net to learn about EJB 3.0), but leaves things more open than they'd be if we just...